The Smaller City

... ephemera ...

Jul 29

From Negative Space, by No Lands—a.k.a. Michael Hammond. Out today, and highly recommended.


Jul 24

You don’t hear stuff like this everyday.

From Stones Throw: “This is a mix of late 60s to mid 70s rock music from all over the world: America to Germany to Japan and everywhere in-between. It’s the type of rock Madlib used for the Rock Konducta records, and is a mixture of the incredibly rare and random dollar bin finds that makes crate digging in the rock idiom so much fun. A lot of this is underground (one example was literally recorded by Dusseldorf twenty-somethings in a bomb-shelter, a literally exorcising of Nazi demons through Krautrock), and some of it is from bands that had pop aspirations but recorded something heavy and probably a bit odd as the one-off awesome track on an otherwise forgettable album. Live mix using 2 CDJs, no edits, some mistakes, that’s the way it goes. Shout outs to Twink, Bunker Records, Franz Wippel, any band that spells April with a “y” instead of an “i,” state-run labels from former communist countries who had the nerve to get down with hard psych and Madlib, of course, for finding the funk in all of this.”

Think I’m going to start searching for sites with downloads of East German rock.


Jul 22

I have dozens of Jordi Savall recordings, and this is the one I come back to most frequently


Jul 18

Now this is unexpected … In case anyone asks you if Charlie Haden, Nick Cave and Toots Thielemans ever played together.


Taking a break from writing up Suoni per il Popolo to indulge in this memory from one of the best sets of the festival.


Jul 17


Fascinating pianist, we’ll have a long interview with him up at the Brooklyn Rail this month.


Listen/purchase: Index 0 by Indexical

An excellent collection of truly new music, now at a reduced price. Strongly recommended.


Jul 16

As an editor, I’m hoping this goes pandemic.


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